Free Syrian Army:” Russia threatens to repeat Eastern Ghouta scenario in Eastern Qalamoun”

تحرير رائد برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 أبريل، 2018 10:26:26 م خبر عسكريسياسي مفاوضات

Rif Dimashq, SMART

On Wednesday, the al-Ahmad al-Abdo martyr’s forces of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said that Russia threatened to repeat the scenario of Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, in the Eastern Qalamoun area, north of Damascus.

In February and March 2018, the Russian-backed Syrian government forces launched a violent military campaign in Ghouta, killing and injuring thousands of civilians, whilst also displacing thousands of others to Northern Syria, in addtion to a wide-scale destruction of local infrastructure.

Fares al-Munajjid, the manager of the Media Office of the al-Abdo forces, stated that the Russian negotiator told the area's negotiation committee that the opposition military factions have no choice but to leave, and any attempt to resist would end in the crushing of mountain and cities.

On Tuesday, Russian officers held a negotiation session with a committee, partly comprising of representatives from the cities and towns of al-Ruhaiba, Jayroud, al-Atneh, al-Nasiriya, and al-Mansoura in Eastern Qalamoun.

Al-Munajjid added: "The area is on the edge of the abyss - and as both military personnel and a negotiations committee - we attempt to save the region from a disaster or massacre, which might otherwise occur (...) we choose to head to our preferred destination as soon as we have discussed that with Russians.”

Al-Munajjid noted that the Syrian government forces stopped  the military operation against the city of al-Ruhaiba, which started earlier on Wednesday, in order to allow negotiations to continue. Al-Munajjid said that the opposition military factions killed an officer and other members of the Syrian government forces during the attempt to storm al-Ruhaiba.  

The Syrian government bombings on the outskirts of the city killed six civilians and injured others, according to the Civil Defense.

Al-Munajjid said that the Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham (under the command of the dissident officer, Firas al-Bittar), refuse to participate in the negotiations with the Russians for the fighters to evacuate al-Ruhaiba, to show that the Jaysh- Tahrir al-Sham is not a traitor. Al-Munajjid added that the al-Abdo martyr’s forces are ready to hand the city over in exchange for no civilian blood shed.

Al-Munajjid noted that in the coming hours, a new people's negotiation committee for the area (excluding Jaysh Tahrir al-Sham and others), who are responsible for decision-making in the area, would hold a negotiating session with the Russians.

The al-Dumayr city negotiation committee reached an individual agreement with Russia to evacuate the military factions’ fighters and their families to Northern Syria.  

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تحرير رائد برهان | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Freda Hocaine 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 18 أبريل، 2018 10:26:26 م خبر عسكريسياسي مفاوضات
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